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by Scott Johnson

Snow Wedding on 8/31/18 at The Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wa

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“We absolutely love it!!! So much went over my head that day, and I’m so glad you were there to capture all of the important moments we missed that day! THANK YOU!!! I cannot stress enough how important it is to hire a videographer for your big day!! There is so much that goes over your head that day and to have a video of it to see afterwards is the best gift! All the details we had missed were all captured (and the drone addition was perfection!) We could not have asked for a better videographer! Reid is prompt, efficient, detail-oriented and overall just a nice guy! It was fun to work with him and his assistant. I would highly recommend him and hope to have him capture future festivities! Thanks Reid, you’re the best!!”

Golf is either one of the best things you’ll ever do, or a dreadfully miserable experience that you wish could stop. You can have totally great days, or you can slice a ball into the trees after an immaculate drive and completely ruin it.

But when you get married at a golf course? It’s going to be the best darn day of your life. The last day of August took us up to the Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, which is tucked away beyond the northernmost point of Lake Washington. In case you didn’t already know, we love golf courses and the peace they bring to a wedding day.

We were greeted with mostly clear skies and just a hint of Fall in the air. The Snow wedding got its start off bright and early with some celebratory shots, followed by beer, all made complete by some really fantastic, traditional Vietnamese wedding attire. Following the formal gift exchange between the bridesmaids and groomsmen, it was time for the first ceremony inside the event center, where ceremonial tea was served to both sides of the family before everyone headed outside for some group photos.

The bright reds, pinks and whites of the clothes really popped against the greenery of the golf course, but the attire would change to something a little less colorful yet nonetheless suave. Some more drinking occurred, while the ladies put the finishing touches on Genieve. Pausing for some prayers before Sterling made his epic walk down the aisle, the big moment was quickly approaching.

Beaming with a smile worth a million bucks, Sterling stood waiting for his bride at the end of the aisle. The ceremony itself was a beautiful, touching events for everyone. Heartfelt vows flowed out of the bride and groom as they professed their love for one another and prepared for this brand new journey they were about to embark on. And with a kiss it became official. Just like that.

Some group photos immediately followed the ceremony while the rest of the guests headed off to get the party started, though perhaps the real party was with all of the bridesmaids and groomsmen having a ball of a time working up some crazy poses. The wide open spaces of the golf course helped us squeeze everyone into frame, while the clear skies gave us all the warmth and light we needed.

The inside of the reception hall was a almost like a church with high ceilings and windows letting in just enough light. A magical evening kept the already great day going as the dancing gave everyone a second-wind to keep the party continuing even as the lights slowly faded away. As the day came to an end, we got some private shots of Genieve and Sterling out alone on the golf course, just the newlyweds, ready for whatever was to come.

Thank you again to Genieve and Sterling for choosing Best Made Videos® to film your wedding! We hope you’re having a splendid first couple months together.

Have a question? Need to get something off your chest? Let us know below!

Venue – Inglewood Golf Club – IGC

Photographer – Mariah Capili Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Florist – Distinctive Design Florist

Caterer – Inglewood Golf Club – IGC

Genieve and Sterling’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We met through a mutual friend for a going away party; out dancing at a nightclub. We became great friends fairly quickly and feelings grew, and the rest is history!

Tell us about the proposal!

Sterling made reservations for dinner at the Space Needle for my birthday! It was so beautiful & the food was delicious. He was getting a little ansy towards the end of dinner, and had left me for a good ten minutes saying he needed to use the “bathroom”. He finally comes back and says “Sorry I had to wash my hands.” I responded, “for ten minutes?” Then that very moment, the waitress brought a fancy dessert which ended up having the ring on top! It was so special. The waitress recorded the whole proposal for us and the other customers were cheering and clapping! Then he took me down to where our closest family & friends were waiting to congratulate us. I was overwhelmed with joy!

Why did you choose your venue?

Originally I wanted a venue with a water view, but stumbled across IGC on my venue search and fell in love. The scenery is beautiful and so well kept for being around so long. And Sterling found out later that he had his prom there!

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Sterling is excited for the Drone feature! And I am so excited to just see the overall video and how you’ll put it together. Your work is amazing!

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by Scott Johnson

VanNieuwenhuise Wedding on 8/25/18 at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Wa

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Of all the weird oddities that makes Washington, well, Washington, the Thornewood Castle certainly has the most history behind it. Boasting the fact that it’s the only genuine private castle on the west coast, Thornewood was built a century ago on the shores of American Lake. Now the fact that a castle would even be built in Washington is already super rad, but when you discover that Chester Thorne (one of the founders of the Port of Tacoma) actually purchased an already four hundred year old Elizabethan manor and had it dismantled to rebuild over here, that’s where this story gets kicked into high gear. Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft both stayed at the castle, while several movies have been filmed around the grounds (we’re looking at you There Will Be Blood).

With as awesome as it sounds, it could be easy to get your hopes up and have them be let down—but we promise you they won’t be. Which is probably why the VanNieuwenhuises decided to tie the knot on the storied grounds of the castle. A morning at the Hotel Murano helped ease everyone into what was surely a “royal” day—I mean, getting married at a castle should count for some sort of royalty, right? The ladies got looking lovely in their lilac while the guys donned whites and light grays for a lovely contrast. Some celebratory Red Bull and coffee perked everyone up for the high energies of the day.

Once it was time for group photos, it became all the more clear how awesome this place is. With the guys strutting their stuff outside the castle, they looked incredibly suave—even while doing some rather silly poses. Unfortunately Wes was suffering from an injured foot, so we didn’t quite put everyone through the more outrageous poses, so decided we should save some energy for dancing later on!

In as romantic a spot you could find in an already hopelessly romantic venue, the ceremony space rested at the end of a little clearing, complete with a fountain and a stairway up to a gorgeous backdrop. If you want to see something truly beautiful, just get a shot of the entire scene of the wedding with the bridal party descending downwards and the arch enclosing the bride and groom as they share their first kiss as man and wife. Hearts will swoon—and you will also surely want to get married at your own castle!

Some group photos followed while tables and chairs were set up in a little clearing on the rear side of the estate. Soon they were filled with the three most important F’s: family, friends and food. The bridal party was full of excitement following the ceremony and the ladies decided it was time to show the guys up from earlier! The partying started outside but ended on the inside as the day wore on, though there was hardly a complaint to get to dance inside a castle!

Thank you again to Rhianna and Wes for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first month of marriage has gone perfectly! Have any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Venue – Thornewood Castle

Photographer – Rebecca Jane Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Coordinator – Erica w/ Town and Country Weddings

Officiant – Bill with Rev. Ray Van Winkle and Associates

DJ – SoundAbout DJ

Florist – Love Blooms

Cake – Celebrity Cakes

MUA – Makeup by Cece

Hair – Katie Tidwell

Rhianna and Wes’ story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Wes and I met in Sandlake, Oregon in September 2011. ( You can call for the full story very long!)

Tell us about the proposal!

Wes proposed to me after a fun day in Leavenworth in February 2017. It was amazing! Right in front of the gazebo below the sledding hill. So after I said yes all the parents at the top of hill clapped for us hahaha

Why did you choose your venue?

It’s old world charm! Beautiful gardens and it’s on American Lake.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Wes’s face when he sees me for the first time!

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by Scott Johnson

Bullard Wedding on 8/11/18 at The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, Wa

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“We just watched our video and LOVE it! It captures the day so perfectly and reminds us how truly special it felt to be surrounded by so many loved ones. Our wedding was all about family and friends and your video reflects this so beautifully. After watching it, neither of us can imagine not having booked you. The video and all the candid clips of those we hold most dear are something we will deeply cherish. Cannot wait to pass this around to our families. Thank you so much again!”

Kirkland is the next door neighbor of Seattle that gets ignored the most. Just north of Seattle’s more popular neighbor, Bellevue, Kirkland is a delightful town that boasts significant waterfront views and cute little shops. But for those looking for something a little more decadent, the famous Woodmark Hotel should more than adequately fill that desire. No stranger to weddings, the Hotel offers basically everything you need from catering, floral design, photography, dessert and, if you really want to make it your one-stop-shop, you can even just have your honeymoon there as well! Now that’s a package deal!

The Bullards’ big day started with just a touch of clouds—but also champagne! It was a wonderful way to get the day started as the boys got all groomed and the ladies worked on getting Kimi looking like a princess. After a few more celebratory drinks to bolster the spirits for a long day, it was time for Kimi and John to have their first look.

On the landing of the hotel’s interior, Kimi descended from upstairs to greet her husband-to-be. Against a big bay window, the two looked picturesque as they shared a kiss. Getting shots of them from all angles was a blast as they just were happy to be there together. Then we made our way outside to the waterfront, where the clouds blocked out the hot summer sun but still shone through just enough for it to still feel pleasant. We really put them to the test—sending them out on a dock, getting John almost in the water, and even sitting them in the boat.

The rest of the crew came on out, with the guys looking particularly striking as they lined the dock, doing some silly poses and just giggling like bros. The ladies brought the smiles too, looking lovely with the backdrop of Lake Washington and Seattle behind them. But the fun had to stop for just a little while—it was time to get hitched!

Underneath a tent, overlooking the lake, John and Kimi met at the altar surrounded by all those they love. Kimi could hardly keep it together as she pushed on to the end of her vows, but it’s ok—we doubt we could either! John followed up with some hilarious, soul-churning vows that would make anyone swoon. Maybe he’d offer his services up?

And then, without further ado, the officiant gave the blessing for them to kiss and become one. With an “oh boy!” from Kimi, the two sealed their union. While everyone relaxed out by the water, the newlyweds took a quick little boat ride around the bay, enjoying a brief little taste of their honeymoon. They soon returned to reality as they arrived back for the reception to thunderous applause. Keeping the party alive outside until it was too dark, everyone eventually made their way back inside to continue on dancing the night away.

Thank you again to John and Kimi for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first two months have been going splendidly. Have any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Venue – Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa

Planning – Perfectly Posh Events: Seattle + Portland Wedding Planner

Photography – Manchik Photography

Videography – Best Made Videos

DJ – Injoy Entertainment

MUA – Erin Hunt Hair & Makeup

Floral – Sugar Pine

Coffee – Espresso Elegance

Rentals – CORT Party Rental

How did you guys meet?

Seattle Santacon 2010

Tell us about the proposal!

Hiked up Four Mile Trail in Yosemite. Breathless proposal.

Why did you choose your venue?

Kimi grew up in Kirkland. Beautiful spot on the water

What are you most excited to see in the video?

We’re most excited to see friends and family. Family is spread between East Coast, West Coast and Hawaii. Rare to get whole family in one location. With parents getting older this is a great reunion for everyone.

Kimi and John’s story in their own words:

We met in Seattle…

East Meets West—John, a recent transplant from Florida, was a frat-tank wearing young college graduate suffering sunshine withdrawal. Kimi, a Kirkland native, was enjoying being back home and vowed to never live somewhere hot and off the west (best) coast again. Their paths seemed destined for opposite directions, but fate—or some good friends—stepped in to change that.

Jingle bell jingle bell jingle bell rock – Thanks to some mutual friends, we met at the spirited Seattle festivity, SantaCon 2010. Sifting through the sea of red, we found each other. On our first date, we discussed the (in)famous Tigermom article, past trips to Prague, and our glamorous days as Latin students. It was a weird match, but one that just seemed to work from day one.

Seattle – San Antonio – Miami – Orlando – Washington DC – San Francisco – Oakland

Mind over Miles—Early into our relationship, John received a job offer in San Antonio and thus began our life as a long-distance couple. Over the past 7 years, our careers have taken us all over the country, sometimes together, sometimes separately. At times we’ve been 300 miles apart and at others 3,000.

Through it all, our commitment to each other only grew. The years of long distance made us the partnership we are today and we are so thankful for the challenges, adventures, and most of all, the support from our family and friends along the way. Our family is everything to us and we would not be here today without them. We would also like to acknowledge the second families we acquired along the journey. Those years gave us the most incredible friends all over the country who lent their support and helped us reach this point.

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by Scott Johnson

Misgano/Likes Wedding on 8/4/18 at The Northwest African American Museum in Seattle, Wa

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August was an unbearably hot month for us in Seattle—add on some smoke inhalation and it only makes it that much better. Luckily, we got to do some really amazing weddings, as it was peak wedding season, and in turn we got to go to some awesome new venues. First and foremost in the month of August we headed to NAAM (Northwest African American Museum), situated in Seattle’s Central District. What’s so cool about NAAM is it not only celebrates the Black experience in America (as well as the historically African American Central District), but it also has upwards of 40 affordable housing units.

But it also serves as a place where to people can be joined together in holy matrimony, so when you combine it all together: we love this place! A bright, clear day in Seattle greeted our soon-to-be newlyweds who started the day by reminiscing and making sure they looked like royalty.

We knew it was going to be a great day when Alex was sent off by her friends and family singing and dancing as she headed off towards her new future. Meeting for their first look outside the museum, Fitsum approached her man from behind who turned around and gave her a remarkable kiss. The excitement started to bubble over from there. Looking ever-so-lovingly at his bride, it was easy to feel the deep love between the two.

Once the family joined in for some group shots, it was almost like the blink of an eye before it was time to file in for the ceremony. Everyone was stoked for what was to come, so we didn’t want to dilly dally! Outside the museum underneath its iconic sculpture, Alex and Fitsum met for their wedding. The emotions swept over the entire crowd, particularly the groom, who stood with tears in his eyes as his bride approached him.

As the vows started to pour out, be sure to have a box of tissues close because they’re doozy. Alex went deep into their history to talk about the moment’s he fell in love with his bride, while Fitsum believes she truly cannot live with him now! There’s more to them, but you just have to watch it to see sincere love between them.

Getting the grooving started just in their walk back down the aisle, there was still plenty of more dancing and fun to come. After all the boring paperwork it was time to head back towards the museum for the reception. Inside, the banquet tables were lined with everyone they love before the newlyweds made their triumphant arrival. Sharing their first dance, looking longingly into each other’s eyes, the electricity was alive in the room. Soon everyone was following suit as slideshows of their past showed behind them.

The night just kept getting wilder and wilder with the music blasting and almost everyone in the room getting off their feet for big group dances. Watch all the way to the end for some really great party scenes with everyone just having a wonderful time. Too bad it all had to come to an end, though!

Thank you again to Fitsum and Alex for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope you have a wonderful two-month anniversary! Got a question or comment? Leave it below!

Venue – NAAM

Photographer – Sarah Harris

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ – Alchemy Events

Catering – Crescent Moon Catering

Tell us about the proposal!

Alex proposed on Rattle Snake Ridge on a sunrise hike on January 15th, 2017.  

Why did you choose your venue?

The Northwest African American Museum preserves and celebrates the history of African Americans.  It holds deep meeting for both of us.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

We know the day is going to by really fast and there are moments we will miss or just may not recall.  Having the video will allow us to see those moments for years to come.

Fitsum and Alex’s story in their own words:

Our First Date, Our Beginning – October 23rd, 2014


Once upon a time, Alex asked Fitsum out to an ordinary coffee date of the century. Fitsum knew that Alex was sorta fun.  Just like any other coffee dates, she expected it to be just something to do on a Thursday evening. She somewhat suspected that he would be on the taller side but she didn’t know what she was up against.  She made her way to Cafe Vita located in Capitol Hill. As she entered the coffee shop, Alex was sitting at table patiently waiting. But he quickly stood up as soon as he saw her. That startled Fitsum and forced her to utter out, “OH MY GOD, YOU ARE A GIANT” as her first ever word to him.  Good thing Alex found it funny and still want to proceed with the date 🙂

That evening was not ordinary after all. It was the begging of something beautiful 😉   As most dates go, they chit chatted but spent way too much time conversing than they should’ve on a first date.  They both felt something pretty special and hoped they see each other again. And so they did and the rest is…well…. you will see at the wedding 🙂

The BIG Ask?! January 15th, 2017


Alex popped the question on a beautiful Sunday morning.  He told Fitsum that they were going on a sunrise hike that she has always wanted to go on.  So to Fitsum, it was already going to be an amazing adventure. Little did she know it was about to be one of the most special day of her life.  They hiked up two miles on Rattle Snake Ridge. As they reached the top of the mountain, the sun was just rising.

Fitsum was happily enjoying delicious sandwich that Alex prepped for the hike.  She looks to her right and Alex is on his knees saying very sweet things. With a half bite of a sandwich in her mouth, Fitsum was in disbelieve!  When she realized what was happening, she was so excited that the day has finally arrived. Alex had finally popped the question. 🙂

The chilly morning has all of the sudden brought warmth, love and lifetime of happiness!! Oh yea, she said HELL YES!!

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by Scott Johnson

Wilson Wedding on 8/18/18 at Radar Lake in Woodinville, Wa

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“Best Made Videos did an amazing job of catching all the important parts of our day. The footage looks so professional and they were really quick to provide clips and edit the final video. I also really enjoy the shout outs and footage they show on IG and social media so frequently, it shows they really card about and connect with clients/friends. The final highlight video was exactly what we were looking for, and I would recommend Best Made Videos to anyone out there in need, wedding or not!  Exceptional job Reid and team! Book soon!!!”

You’d think here in the Pacific Northwest that there’d be tons of lakes for all your water-sports needs. Alas, back in the 70s, it was decided there wasn’t. So a guy by the name of Herb O’Brien decided to turn a plot of land into a manmade lake up by Woodinville. We all know it now by the name Radar Lake (it was bought out by Radar Electric only a few years after, thereby getting its name), but many probably don’t know the true story behind it!

Bride and groom Mike and Mallory opted for our drone package, so it was awesome being able to get to the lake and shoot some footage from high above. Typically we’ve gotten to look at the city from the waterfront, but never have we really gotten to go this far out into nature with our drones. With plenty of space, little hideaways enclosed by trunks and dazzling views of the sun streaking in through the towering trees, it felt almost like a fairytale.

Once the bride and groom had their first look, the rest of the crew came out and we galavanted all throughout the fields and docks. The bridal party was in high spirits as we had them pose, laugh and smile around the area. The lake might be manmade, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful, especially with the natural serenity of everything else.

Soon enough it was time for the ceremony. With stringed lights covering the trees, draping down over their heads, Mike and Mallory met at the altar. As the officiant delivered a heartfelt speech about the little moments, and how love is different for everyone, the excitement for their new journey in life was palpable. Mike and Mallory both delivered some touching vows themselves; it’s certainly tough to not get swept up in them! And then he declared them husband and wife with a quote from Dumbledore!

There was some paperwork to do, while everyone waited patiently for pizza made right there at the wedding. After everyone had their pie, it was time for the cake! Some cuteness during the cake-cutting definitely inspires some smiles and then they hopped on the dance floor for their first dance.

After the sun went down, the lights came on and the party was only just getting started. Luckily, before it was too dark, we were able to go out with the newlyweds to snap some more shots of them at twilight. I know it’s already been said, but this place was really simply magical. Dancing and general silliness kept the night going. Check the dance moves for some inspiration for your next wedding! Soon enough, it was too late to keep the party going and time for the bride and groom to begin their new lives together as husband and wife.

Thank you again to Mike and Mallory for choosing Best Made Videos®! We had a blast up and we hope you have had a wonderful first month of marriage. Now comes the time where I once again ask for any suggestions or recommendations for our next article! So leave any ideas below!

Venue – Radar Lake

Photographer – Kyle Lim

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ – DJ Frisky Fingers

Caterer – Slide Thru Food Truck and Fire Dog Pizza

Florist – Down to Earth Florist

Invitations – Evolution Press

Invite Design – HausDivided

Rentals – CORT Party Rentals and Luxury Restroom Trailers

Cake – BAKED.

Hair – Kristin Shea

MUA – Bethany Yackel Beauty

Tux – Tuxedo Club

Drone – Aaron Castillo

Mike and Mallory’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We met at a pot shop in SODO, down the street from my job at the time – Mike was managing the shop and watched me come in via the camera in the back office and rushed out to help me every single time for a year straight before approaching me. It wasn’t until I started working there to make some extra money over the summer that he finally asked me to hang out.

Tell us about the proposal!

Proposal was done in the exact same spot we’re doing the ceremony.  He asked me to go for a walk to smoke a joint as soon as it was dusk. When we approached a particular cluster of trees, the lights came on and we were surrounded by a ton of white Christmas lights as he got down on one knee and said “You know I love you more than anything, will you spend forever with me?”  This was August 26, 2017.

Why did you choose your venue?

His aunt’s home, private lake built by his uncle Herb O’Brien who passed a few years ago. He is the founder of O’Brien Waterskis, this is a lake built specifically for his family and the pros to practice, as well as to host dealer days for water sport companies all over the nation.  It’s a beautiful spot, local, private and a perfect way to have Herb spend it by our side. We also loved the fact that we could have the wedding in a place that is close to our hearts and in the same exact location as the unforgettable proposal. This is a truly heartfelt place, and his aunt will not be able to reside here forever.  We are so incredibly lucky to be able to share this special place.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Vows that I’m sure we’ll be blacked out for, and walking back down the aisle together as one.  Dancing and seeing our guests have a great time, and a drone shot of the beautiful 120 acre spot are also a must.

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by Scott Johnson

Shubha and Mike’s Wedding on 8/5/18 at The Fremont Foundry in Seattle, Wa

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“Thanks so much for sharing these links. We are really enjoying reliving the day!”

Fremont is one of Seattle’s lesser discussed neighborhoods, especially when you consider the amount of sights to see. With the Fremont Troll, the Theo Chocolate Factory, the Solstice Parade, and then there’s also Gasworks Park not too far away, it’s no wonder 10 Things I Hate About You was partially filmed around here!

More important than these sights, however, is the Fremont Foundry—which is exactly why we found ourselves in the neighborhood just a few weeks ago. Originally a studio for flourishing artists in the 80s, it has now been transformed into more of an event space—especially for weddings. With multiple options for the ceremony, plenty of space, and awesome views, this is a great little venue.

For Shubha and Mike’s big day, we got a bright and early August start. There were plenty of laughs, good times and touching moments between Shubha and her mom as they got her ready for the big day. Before you could blink, both the bride and groom were all ready to meet up for their first look!

In a little courtyard, Mike stood ready and eager. From behind, Shubha tapped Mike on the shoulder. As he turned to greet her, a brilliant smile blossomed on his face as he saw his bride to be. Showing off his own attire, he got some pretty happy looks from his future wife. They exchanged heartwarming letters before we started putting them through all the poses we had in store for them.

Their reds and maroons showed up beautifully against the green and grays of the area. The two looked especially happy just walking around. It wasn’t too long before the rest of the family joined in for a few shots.

Soon, after their friends and family had signed the guest book, everyone made their way to the rooftop ceremony that looked out at the Aurora Bridge and around the rest of the neighborhood. Turning almost the shade of his attire, Mike beamed with excitement as his bride approached him from down the aisle.

With a series of touching vows, some stories, and a fable, the whole ceremony was just delightful. But nothing is more delightful than hearing “you can seal this declaration with a kiss,” and then seeing the union of man and wife become truly official.

If you thought everything else was already spectacular, the rest of the day proved even better. After the ceremony, they switched into a little more formal attire and posed for some photos around the area before heading back to the reception. With everyone on the rooftop underneath beautiful golden hour skies, the celebration felt just magical, especially their first dance.

The rest of the evening went by in such a blur that before you knew it the sun had crept behind the mountains and the lights switched on to illuminate the dance floor. That is, until the night had to come to an end.

Congrats again to Mike and Shubha! We hope your first month as a married couple has gone as fantastically as your wedding!

You know the drill, questions and comments go below!

Ceremony/Reception – Fremont Foundry Events

Photographer – JHui Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Music – DJ Sean from Seattle Parties

HMUA – Off White Hair & Makeup

Caterer- Foodz Catering

Coordinator – Davi Sobatta from Foodz Catering

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Culpepper Wedding on 8/4/18 at McCaw Hall / MoPOP in Seattle, Wa

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Anybody who has ever been to visit the Space Needle has surely at least seen McCaw Hall. Home to both the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, it is a classy venue for anything stage or theatrical, heck we even saw Conan O’Brien there once. But you probably would have never guessed it (nor did we) but you can even rent it out to host your own events—yes, that means your wedding.

The Culpeppers knew this, unlike a lot of other people, and boy did they pick an awesome place to hold their wedding. With a variety of rooms and areas to choose from, you can have your own “gala” of a wedding here and have their top of the line catering service dish you up some excellent food as well.

We were blessed with tons of sun at the beginning of the month, despite it being so flipping hot, so it was a wonderful August day for our soon-to-be-newlyweds. Stephen and Allyson got their morning started getting ready in McCaw Hall’s “press boxes” with their bridal parties. You could probably guess that the champagne and bubbly was flowing from the crack of dawn, but the spirits were already high regardless.

Once they were looking sharp and lovely, the bride and groom made their way outside…blindfolded…for their adorable first look near the iconic fountain. Getting a little silly feeling out for each other blindly, they couldn’t hardly contain themselves. Stripping off their shades, Steven turned to great his bride with such excitement you could almost taste it, though she almost immediately started to cry.

You can easily tell that these two are meant for each other. Their first look was just so sweet and fun to watch them walk around together and get even more silly. After everyone else joined in for photos it was time for the moment everyone was waiting for: the wedding itself!

In the gorgeous event space inside McCaw Hall, the two met at an altar surrounding by natural light and all whom they love. Though, it’s hard not to mention the groom’s entrance which, well, it takes the cake. Watch and you’ll understand.

With a series of funny, touching, and seriously sweet toasts and vows, you could tell these two were just ready for it to be over with and to be married! Well, after the officiant told them to, they kissed and boy were they married!

Heading over to MoPOP for their “La La Land” themed reception, these two really knew how to party. Rocking it out to their first dance, which looked like they had been practicing for since they had met (over 10 years ago…), it was enough to get everyone else into high gear for a roaring good time. With silly photos playing above of their illustrious pasts, the newlyweds seldom left each other’s sights as they laughed, giggled and had an all around marvelous time at their spectacular wedding.

Congrats again to Allyson and Stephen, and thank you for choosing Best Made Videos® to film your big day! It was a blast!

Comments? Questions? Go ahead and leave them below!

Venue – McCaw Hall / Museum of Pop Culture

Coordination – New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination

Photography – Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry

Videography – Best Made Videos

DJ – Bamboo Beats DJ

Florist – Diamond Events and Floral

MUA – Erin Skipley

Allyson and Stephen’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

In high school through mutual friends—we went to different schools!

Tell us about the proposal!

It was our 10-year anniversary (Oct. 1) since we first started dating in high school, but we never really celebrated it, so the proposal was totally unexpected. Stephen said he wanted to take me to breakfast that Sunday morning, which is super weird for him to want to do. So we get ready and he ends up taking us NOT to all the cute brunch places around home, but to McDonald’s… Nothing wrong with that! Just weird that he seemed excited about it and talked it up.

Apparently there was a phase 2 after breakfast, and it was also a surprise. He said it had to do with the “theme of the day,” so I assumed fall was the theme, since I love the season. I guessed pumpkin patch, but we pulled up to our go-to movie theater. Again, nothing wrong with that… We LOVE the movies and go almost every week. But also again, it was just weird that we were going at 10am. And to watch “IT” the clown movie, which I’d already seen, but had been trying to persuade Stephen to watch.

Anyway, we’re in the theater and Stephen takes off to go to the bathroom. Both he and I hate watching previews and mostly always look down during that part. As I was looking down, I heard the theme song to “Drive” (the Ryan Gosling movie) playing, and I looked up to see the character with his scorpion jacket on screen. I immediately looked around to see where Stephen was because it’s one of his favorite movies and if there was a sequel, he’d want to know about it! But he wasn’t back yet.

The next trailer comes on, and there’s a baby on screen, and I look around for Stephen again because the baby looks like me and I wanted to validate that crazy coincidence with someone. The trailer goes on and now there’s another baby on screen… then these baby photos start flipping through the years getting older, and I realize it’s us—it’s me and Stephen throughout the years.

Long story short, Stephen made me a movie trailer! In it, he went around telling our immediate family about his plans to propose and the tagline was along the lines of, “This fall, he got the permission, now he just has to ask the question…” And he comes down the aisle—wearing the Drive movie jacket I had given him for his birthday (turns out it was him in the trailer!)—with the ring in hand. Popped the question, and I don’t remember 99% of the sweet stuff he said. 🙂

Why did you choose your venue?

Our love of movies and pop culture, and because we wanted a big enough space for a dance party.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Us and our guests having fun! Our reactions to things—people say we’re pretty expressive sometimes.

Anything else?

Stephen’s going to be dancing down the aisle at the ceremony, so we’ll see how embarrassing that turns out. Kidding. 😉 Thanks!

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by Scott Johnson

Wetzler – Ashby Wedding on 7/28/18 at Freestone Inn in Mazama, Wa

Music Courtesy of The Side Project – and Mike Miller on vocals

“From a couple that originally wasn’t planning to have a videographer to now husband & wife that are SO incredibly thankful we decided to have Reid and Best Made Videos as part of our special day!  Our advice – definitely have a video done (it’s well worth the $$ spent) and make sure it’s Reid & Team that you use!

We could go on & on….but just as a glimpse – Reid was – without question – the most responsive vendor we worked with for our wedding.  He’s ‘on his game’ in all aspects and was always quick with his replies to what were probably very basic questions that we had or things that were on our video ‘wish list’.  Reid showed up (after a 4 hour drive to somewhere he’d never been) with energy, passion & enthusiasm.  He went right to work and captured some amazing footage!  He was personable, easy to have around, fun and worked seamlessly with our photographer (whom he had never met).  The musicians that we used also commented on how professional Reid was and how he really knew what he was doing to ensure he had the best quality audio.

In addition to some ‘bonus’ iPhone shots that he shared with us the day after our wedding – Reid also shared his ‘work in progress’ via Instagram in the days after the wedding and true to his word – 2 weeks later delivered AMAZING highlight & full ceremony videos.  His creative ability to capture our personalities and the ‘feeling’ of the day was truly unbelievable!!!  No surprise – we (and many of our guests) have watched the videos multiple times!

Thank you Reid, Jeff & the Best Made Videos Team!!!

To those future bride & grooms that aren’t quite sure – we will gladly try to convince you otherwise.  It really is a “must do” in our opinion!”

Tucked all the way up in the North Cascades, almost equidistant from both Spokane and Seattle, rests a string of towns along highway 20 that many might not realize are there. The long drive from either city is probably enough to discourage day-trippers from visiting this utterly gorgeous region of the state, but for those who decide to venture up there, they’re in for a wonderful treat.

So we headed off at the end of July to little Mazama, your last stop before the awesome town of Winthrop, but more specifically to the Freestone Inn. Capable of hosting 100 guests for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, and with alcohol and catering provided, this delightful wooden estate brings you out to the middle of nature for a quiet, serene wedding.

As delightful of a morning you could expect out in the mountains greeted Tricia and Kent on their big day. As we wandered around the scenic landscapes that only the North Cascades could provide, the day was as casual and more at ease than you could ever imagine. Forgoing traditional attire for Kent and his motley crew , it made things feel even more special because these two didn’t want all the glitz and glamour. Instead, it was just a delicate, loving day.

As the day moved towards the ceremony, it became even more apparent just how gorgeous this venue is. With the altar overlooking the lake and the hills in the distance, you could probably say this is one of our favorite vistas we’ve had the pleasure of seeing. It’s just a pity these past few weeks has seen the Canadian forest fires bringing in hazy clouds that only choke the purely natural beauty of this area.

Reciting beautiful, thoughtful vows to each other, Kent wasn’t the only person in the audience with tears in their eyes (I was as well! lol) Soon, the officiant gave the magic words to “seal it with a kiss,” and so they did.

Shortly after the ceremony we headed off towards the lake with the bridal party to snap some shots of the newlyweds and their closest friends. With a sky that might remind you of Montana, the magnificent valley felt so safe and comforting for our newlyweds. Retreating more into the woods, the two posed along babbling brooks and the towering trees before it was time for the reception.

Booze and food started coming out while the guests wandered the grounds and saw all of the beautiful sights . Following signing papers, cake-cutting and a little slow dance in front of the lake, it was time to keep the party going with everyone else. Dancing around like maniacs with the sun dwindling behind the hills, we were even able to convince the bride to hop on an inflatable duck and ride out into the water.

What a fun day with Tricia and Kent! We hope your first month of marriage has gone magically.

As always, we love to hear from you. So please let us know if you have any questions or comments and we’ll get to them!

Venue – Freestone Inn

Photographer – Autumn Pines Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

HMUA/ Flowers – Eleveight Salon

Invitations – Pink + Peach

Catering – Freestone Inn

Music – The Side Project

Tricia and Kent’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Online – Zoosk

Tell us about the proposal!

Typical Kent & Tricia (casual)….Kent had ring for several weeks and could not wait any longer.  Tricia wanted to move a table – Kent wanted to wait. Kent went out to his car – when he came back in Tricia said ‘can we please just move this table’ and Kent said ‘will you please marry me’ and pulled the ring out of his sweatshirt pocket.

Why did you choose your venue?

“Summer Camp” wedding feel – weekend event for guests – outdoors – nice weather – perfect size

What are you most excited to see in the video?

A few things that I think will be highlights – ceremony singer (Mike Miller); dogs at end of ceremony all walking out together; vows

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Photo Credit – Wayne Lomax/Kennedy News

Woo hoo! We’re back for another week of Bizarre Wedding News! This time we’ve got some fun with dates, a few typos, a celebrity anniversary and wedding, so are you ready? August has been a fun and exciting month, what with toasty weather, bright skies (for the most part) and the unfortunate scent and sight of the dastardly forest fire smoke, though the last part really isn’t fun and exciting at all.

We love Ellen, and we also love Arrested Development, which makes the marriage between Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi so flipping wonderful. This year marks their tenth wedding anniversary. To commemorate the event, the Ellen DeGeneres Show shared a short video that contained footage of their wedding and celebration, and boy is it a tear jerker. So, be sure to have a few tissues (or a box) at the ready, when you watch it!

For some couples, wedding rings just aren’t nearly enough to immortalize the bond between spouses. You can name a star after your bride, or lock a padlock on a bridge in Paris.

Or you can get a tattoo.

But for the love of all that is good, please be sure to at least get the date right. As one newlywed man came to find out, most women are not ok if you get your wedding date tattooed incorrectly on your finger. It also probably doesn’t help that it took him about six weeks to realize the typo. Fortunately the bride wasn’t entirely too upset and actually saw a lot of humor in it, as her husband is a plasterer and would potentially lose any ring during work.

The good news is, he most likely has it fixed by now!

Did you feel anything different about August 18? A sort of calming in the air? A great surge of loving energy? Anything at all?

Well if you didn’t you’re perfectly ok, it’s just that it was a rather big deal in the wedding world. According to The Knot, there were at least 28,000 weddings planned for that day. Why? Because people are lazy and don’t want to remember dates, that’s why! What’s easier than saying 8/18/18? Well, sure, plenty of other dates, but I can already tell you that next year is going to be crazy in September with 9/19/19. Because after that, there’s no cool dates until 2/22/2022

Don’t believe us? We had two weddings on that day and we had been getting phone calls for reservations since as far back as 2016! Congrats Ally and Paul, and Mike and Mallory!

People are so weird when it comes to numbers, huh?

In one final celebrity-related wedding, rapper 2 Chainz got married this month to Kesha Ward. The wedding itself isn’t really what we’re here to talk about, but rather the groom’s traditional dance with his mom, which is absolutely, 100% adorable. Sharing their dance to Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let Go,” they both pull out their best moves to show everyone who’s boss. Don’t believe me? Watch the video and try not to dance along!


And there you have it for another great week of stories! As you already probably know, we are always looking for new stories and fun ideas to write about, so please let us know below if you have anything!

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by Scott Johnson

Giandomenico Wedding on 7/28/18 at Camas Meadows Golf Course in Camas, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom –

Any chance we can get to head over to a golf course is a chance we’re gonna take! This time, we got to head to a new one: Camas Meadows. If you’re scratching your head wondering where the heck Camas is, it’s because it’s tucked right next to Vancouver on the Columbia River; a stone’s throw away from Portland.

A bright, sunny day greeted us for the wedding of Katie and Seth. Clear skies, warm weather and that wonderful thwack of a golf ball reminded us we were right at home. Sipping coffee and watching The Waterboy got the laughs going before anybody was dressed, which was great news for the photos that would come later.

The ladies soon broke out the champagne while the guys started to look all dapper, especially Seth in his Superman socks! Before too long, the soon-to-be newly weds met out in the forest for their first look. As the sun broke through the branches and leaves, lighting just enough space under the foliage, the two greeted each other with a kiss. We followed them around for a bit before the rest of the gang joined in for group photos. The ladies looked lovely in their lavender dresses, while the guys mirrored them with their shirts.

The photos kept on coming, which was perfectly fine with us since it was so nice out. But eventually it was time for the wedding itself. Strolling along the course towards the little gazebo in which the two were to be married, the swagger of all the guys was almost intimidating. Tucked away in a little clearing, and partially covered by an awning, the bride and groom met to be married. Following a series of emotional vows, a heartening speech, and the long-awaited kiss, Katie and Seth were officially husband and wife.

Upon kissing the crowd erupted into applause. Taking his new wife arm in arm, they posed for more photos with the family and everyone else before hopping into their own little golf cart to go sign all the paperwork. It wasn’t too long before they reemerged over at the reception tent through a tunnel of arms. Then came the toasts and first dances, which then inspired more dancing.

At one point, it really felt like everyone at the wedding was dancing. Underneath chandeliers and the wiggling tent, the day turned to night as only the purple glowing lights illuminated the dance floor. To add a wonderfully touching conclusion to the evening, we were able to go get some golden hour shots with the newlyweds. With the sun setting on their big day, it was as romantic as could be. That is, until they returned back to the reception and were ushered out by a forest of sparklers held by their loved ones.

Thank you again to Katie and Seth for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first few weeks have gone fantastically!

Got any questions or comments? Leave them below and we’ll get back to you!

Venue – Camas Meadows Golf Club

Photographer – Shelley Marie Photo

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ – Great Beginnings Dj Service

Floral – Awesome Flowers

Catering – Camas Meadows Golf Club

MUA – Powder Inc., Salon Mogano

Cake – Rosycakes

Katie and Seth’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

It all started with a swipe to the right! Seth and Katie met online.

One day in January, Seth received a notification on his phone from Tinder (an app he thought he had deleted) saying, “New Year, new you! Swipe to find true love!” Intrigued, Seth opened the app and his attention was soon caught by a beautiful blonde wearing a Trail Blazers shirt. As he scrolled through her pictures,  read about her faith and her interests, he knew he had to say Hi! So he swiped right and anxiously awaited to see if he had caught her attention, too.

Katie was hoping to find true love in January as well. She was on Tinder but was selective about who she spent her time getting to know. She came across this handsome glasses-wearing man and thought he was just too cute to let pass by. So she swiped right and waited for him to message her first (she’s old fashioned like that haha).

Sure enough within minutes, she received a message from Seth. He introduced himself and spoke about his shared faith and values. He told her that he saw her Blazers shirt and thought she was “mad cute”  that he just had to say hi!

Katie and Seth connected from the start (and it helped that he spelled all the words correctly, had proper grammar and used just the right amount of emoji’s.) After a few days of texting back and forth, they decided to meet that Saturday afternoon for a lunch date at Henry’s in the Pearl District of Portland. The date went incredibly well and they made plans to go on a second date the coming Friday.

However, later that night Seth and Katie were texting when Seth admitted, he didn’t know if he could wait a whole week to see her again. So he asked if she was free earlier in the week. Sharing the same feelings, Katie responded saying she was in fact free and wondered if “tomorrow would be too soon for a second date!?” Seth agreed that the following day would be perfect!

And the rest is history!!

Tell us about the proposal!

Seth was visiting his family in Coos Bay, Oregon for Thanksgiving. I drove down that Friday afternoon to spend the weekend with him and this family. We had talked about getting married so I had a feeling he would propose soon but I did not expect it that weekend!

It had become a tradition in his family to go shooting (guns) the weekend of Thanksgiving with his dad, brother and good college friends. Seth’s Dad passed away almost 2 years ago but they have still kept with the tradition. So his two college friends had planned to be in Coos Bay that weekend, too. Unfortunately, Seth became sick with the flu on Thanksgiving and all through the weekend. It ended up working to his advantage because I definitely didn’t think he would be proposing that weekend.

Saturday morning we woke up and everyone decided that they wanted to go to a really cool beach in Bandon, Oregon before going shooting. Seth wasn’t feeling well so he said he wanted to wait another 20 minutes or so before leaving.(It made sense!) His family and close friends headed to the beach and we decided we would meet them there.

When we arrived at Face Rock Beach in Oregon, (where there is a giant rock that looks like the profile of a face), the thought had crossed my mind that this would be the perfect place to get engaged. However, I thought to myself… it’s not going to happen today! He’s sick. I should just enjoy the day and not put any added internal/subconscious pressure on the experience. haha boy was I in for a surprise! We walked down the beach and came around the corner of these two big rocks where there were rose petals scattered on the beach and a little table with a bouquet of flowers, two champagne floats and a bottle of Martinelli’s (my favorite!). Still it hadn’t click that this was for me and I remember think. “That’s so sweet someone is getting proposed to!” As we walked I was removed from my internal self talk with Seth smiling and saying, “You know what’s happening, right?!” I was so surprised that it was for me! We walked right up to the table and he got down on one knee, said my full name and asked me to marry him. And I said yes!! His family and friends were not far away, Seth motioned for them to come celebrate with us.

We celebrated with them and FaceTimed my parents and family to tell them the good news! (They already knew because Seth had asked for their blessing a week or so prior.) We also commemorated the moment by carving our initials and the date we got engaged on this huge stump that was right near where he proposed. Now we have a special little beach we can go back to in Bandon. And we did end up keeping the tradition going and went shooting after we left the beach. I got engaged and shot a gun for the first time all in one day! haha

The Story Behind Our Catchphrase

You may see the phrase “So much more than so much” in some of our photos. This phrase started when we began telling each other, I love you.  One of us would often say, “I love you so much!” and the other replying with “So much more than so much!” It has become a phrase that we affectionately say to one another.  In fact, we liked it so much (…pun intended) that Seth had the words “So Much More” engraved inside the band of my engagement ring and we plan to have it engraved inside his wedding band as well.

Why did you choose your venue?

Because we liked it and wanted to get married near where we met.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

I am excited to see the First Look and the whole day really!

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